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Okay .. just a short question I hope someone can help me with. At least one of our new pigs has a cough. Mainly in the morning and/or evening - anyone know of something I can give in the water/feed to help prevent/cure this? Points to note are: pig weighs approx. 40lbs, was in slotted floor confinement and is now on ground with a shed and good dry bedding (breaking up the garden for us), and I haven't given them anything since we got them Saturday.
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
-- Phil in KS (email@example.com), October 01, 2001
It could be from the dust in the dirt. They weren't used to dust because they were on a slatted floor.
-- james (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 02, 2001.
Phil, Do you notice any other signs,lack of appetite,sneezing,nasal discharge???
-- Steve in Ohio (email@example.com), October 02, 2001.
" A dry cough might just be the first sign of worms, especially in piglets, but it might also be the first signs of more sinister conditions. Your pig should have a glossy coat, be alert and especially in the case of piglets, be with the others. Be aware of a pig who is shunned by the others in the litter.. he or she might be unwell. If you have any doubts take a vet "
-- Julian Young (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 02, 2001.
Thanks to you all for your input! As always, I can always count on the Countryside Forum for good feedback.
Turns out that the pigs had to get used to the dirt and there was probably a little dust in the hay bedding I used. Went out early this morning and hung around the pen for a while and there wasn't any coughing and the pigs were active and happy (not exactly happy to see me *yet* but active). Thanks again for all the help!
-- Phil in KS (email@example.com), October 03, 2001.
Unexplained coughing can be a sign of bordatella infection ( also called bullnose in pigs). Any pig owner buying stock should vaccinate for this as it is quite widespread.
-- Sandra Nelson (Magin@starband.net), October 03, 2001.